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Project Loon – Internet and Phone Access without Towers or Cables!

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Sometimes disaster brings out the opportunity for technology to take that first step for it to become mainstream. However unfortunate the disaster may be, the technology provides the solution to allow communications to continue that the disaster struck areas can get the assistance that they need. Even though we are at the cusp of breakthroughs and our technology is state of the art, detecting people or their ability to let the world know that they need aid can be limited in a disaster. A perfect example is Peru and recently Puerto Rico.  Both countries have been ravaged by natural disasters which has left the countries with very little ability to communicate with the outside world. Families have been dissipated and homes have been destroyed due to these events. With families that are in other countries that could provide vital aid or governments that need to view the damage, communication and the internet is key.

IT GURUS OF ATLANTA brought to light the steps that different industry leaders such as Facebook, Google, and X (owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet) are taking to bring internet to the rest of the world that don’t have the sophisticated towers of major cities through giant balloons. Many major organizations such as Facebook have tested the possibilities and are still vetting approval for testing to take place in major cities, but are getting pushback due to ISP providers have not collaborated with these companies and the state/federal restrictions, not to mention FAA guidelines for this type of technology to be dispersed. One company out of the masses was granted approval to service another country during their disaster. That country was Peru and their ISP has been allowing testing to be done with X.  The telecommunications carrier called Telefonica (TEF) has been working with X for months prior to their disaster to get ahead of other countries with this technology. Fortunately for Peru, their gamble to allow X to perform their tests gave them the optimal coverage that they needed to communicate with the rest of the world by providing the much-needed internet and voice services during their disaster. The testing which was done and the disaster usage of this technology has catapulted X to new horizons and pushed this technology to the forefront of not only disaster recovery, but also stretching the barriers of communication out to rural areas.  The possibilities of this technology and its uses are endless.

X has dubbed the name of this project as “Project Loon”. Project Loon has become ever increasingly visible with all the hurricane activity which has been hitting the US coastlines and islands with devastating results. One of the major islands for the US which is currently suffering is Puerto Rico. After damaging floods from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria again hit the island. Since the aftermath of these two disasters, the island is still having power issues, and typical communication methods such as cell phones or the internet are incapable of being used. Power for much of the island is still out and families within the US are devastated by not knowing the fate of loved ones that have been living in Puerto Rico during the storm. Fortunately, the US government has been keeping an eye on Project Loon and noticed its benefit to Peru. Due to the devastation and the success that Peru had with Project Loon, the US government has granted an experimental license for X to provide communications to Puerto Rico.

This approval by the Federal Communications Commission is exactly the type of boost that X has needed to make its mark in the US. It is the opportunity for X to show that Project Loon can support disasters and give the visibility that the world needs to communicate with disaster struck countries. Alphabet, which owns X and Google is has conquered the first hurdle with the approval by the government. However, the approval is only the first barrier that had to be overcome. Unlike Peru, Puerto Rico had not been testing Project Loon before the disasters took place. The problem is Project Loon extends the coverage of a local telecommunications company and distributes those signals through the balloons hovering over the island. Without the testing and collaboration of a pre-designated telecommunications provider, testing and integration must be done with both systems. These tests are vital to ensure that the system works successfully with the designated telecommunications carrier. Even though the system has been proven to work in Peru with Telefonica, these are two different systems, with one that has already been tested and one has not. Despite the hurdles and barriers in front of Project Loon, they have assured that they are making steady progress to successfully launch communications.

Disasters are horrific and never good for people, neighborhoods, cities, or countries.  As unpredictable as natural disasters are, it is the responsibility of the country to ensure that the people enduring this hardship can communicate at the bare minimum. The US is trying to get Puerto Rico back in good standing through the Loon Project which can not only help Puerto Rico, but also connect parts of the country and the world that are in lack of internet and voice. We at IT GURUS OF ATLANTA commend X with their efforts to bring this technology mainstream and look forward to their continued growth to help countries such as Puerto Rico get and stay connected to the rest of the world.

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First Commercial Flight to Moon in 2018– Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The tech world is a buzz today as news about new space suits, NASA, reusable rockets, and more manned missions. In the mix with all of this you might hear of a company called Space X. Space X, many people may think they are associated with Xbox or some super cool sounding product line that’s for electronics. To the surprise of many, Space X is one of the contractors that NASA awarded 1.6 billion dollars for contractual projects in 2008. Space X is one of the largest contractors in North America to service NASA. SpaceX over the next few years, and since 2008 has been contracted to provide 12 cargo transport missions including produce rocket systems for ISS (International Space Station).

Elon Musk – SpaceX – NASA

Elon Musk, who is the CEO and founder of Space X, has been tasked by NASA to have his company create space suits, rocket propulsion systems, and rockets.  Musk’s personal mission for this company has been to have humans occupy a self-sustaining city on Mars and our civilization to be a multi-planet species.  Since embarking on this massive contract from NASA, SpaceX has not only become the first contractor to launch and recover a spacecraft from earth’s orbit, then return it to earth safely.  SpaceX’s specialty which has given them the industry boost that peaked the interest of NASA which is what earned them the award. SpaceX’s industry niche is that they produce fully reusable rockets and spacecrafts. This not only saves NASA billions of dollars, but also allows for production of these rockets and spacecraft to be done quickly and efficiently by reusing the same rockets.

SpaceX and Tesla – Hyperloop

Mr. Musk’s popularity has peaked by him also being the CEO, Co-Founder, and product Architect of Tesla. Yes, that’s right, Tesla. Not too many car enthusiasts have not already heard of Tesla which is leading the way in electrical car innovation and design. By being the CEO of Tesla, he has partnered both companies to do some very extraordinary things. Earlier this year, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA depicted “Hyperloop One’s” hyperloop test which tapped out at 192 MPH to give life into the hyperloop. Who says being the CEO of two multi-billion-dollar companies doesn’t have its perks? Well its does when you are trying to push the technology standards and expectations to new levels. By pushing the standards to new levels, what we mean is that there is a Tesla/SpaceX Hyperloop which is making waves. This hyperloop has already tested down SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track at speeds of 220 MPH which beats Hyperloop One’s test just a few months prior. This being their initial test of their Hyperloop, they are anticipating its next leap will be to achieve the speed of sound which is at 500 MPH.  By having students to compete through a competition, SpaceX and Tesla have brought around friendly competition, and its competition without a price tag being attached.

 

Falcon 9 and Dragon Spacecraft

Falcon 9 is what SpaceX used to makes its debut with NASA being the first commercial company to enter earth’s orbit and contact the ISS (International Space Station). Most contacts with the station have been strictly government based and 100% through NASA as the conduit. Most rockets that have been used in the past were one-time use based which the parts dissipated over the ocean, went into the solar orbit of the sun, or dropped on the moon. Now what sets SpaceX’s Falcon 9 different form the rest is that it is completely reusable. Falcon 9 has only two stages of separation unlike previous rockets, and all parts land back at the location from which they originally took off successfully. This ability for the rocket to be used repeatedly cuts the cost of production for the rocket including increases the amount of missions the rocket can accomplish. Dragon is cargo capsule which Falcon 9 has been using to transport cargo and supplies to the crew aboard the ISS (International Space Station). So far Falcon 9 and Dragon have completed 11 missions for 2017, which is more than the 9 which were completed last year and year still isn’t over.

SpaceX Private Crew on Dragon Spacecraft to Go Past Moon 2018

Two private citizens have paid to be a part of the manned crew that the Dragon 2 Spacecraft will take around the moon next year. The two individuals will be accompanied by a commercial crew which is currently being tested extensively through fitness and health tests. This effort is part of the deal that SpaceX sparked with NASA and they are dubbing it their Commercial Crew Program.  The first part of the program will include an “automatic” mode which will have the entire Spacecraft automatically launch and link with the ISS (International Space Station) and is slated for first quarter of 2018. The second phase of the program includes having a crew going up to the ISS (International Space Station).  The second phase is scheduled to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2018.  This historical liftoff will take place at Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral.  This moment is marked since humans have not returned to deep space in the last 45 years. After these trips around the moon become more frequent, the next phase in the project is to get humans to make regular trips to Mars.

The SpaceX Space Suit

Mr. Mock has decided to unveil even more goodies to the IT world as he has taken the dream further by showing off their SpaceX space suits. No longer the bulky images of the past astronauts, but now a sleeker design which does more to protect the person wearing it than previous bulky designs.  The suits offer more agility and flexibility when the wearers are looking to move around the ship. Bear in mind that these are not replacements for the suits used to walk in outer space as they do very little to protect against the harsh atmosphere that outer space has.  The suits will be used during space travel into outer space and back. This is designed in case cabin pressure is lost then the suits will compensate to protect the wearer. The first manned missions which the astronauts will wear these all white suits is scheduled to take place on May 2018.

 

 

 

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Humanoid Robot – Google’s Boston Dynamics Team create “Atlas”

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Atlas 2

 

StarTrek is a favorite tv series which captured the minds of many different sci-fi lovers that allowed its audience to envision a possible future where there was blend of technology, robotics, and also a unified strive for knowledge. It often had the drawbacks which depicted people unwilling to change and how rationale and positive thinking can change the views of the different people and aliens they interacted with.

 

With so many advances in technology, how many devices that were used in StarTrek are currently what we use in our everyday lives? You would be surprised. Many of those devices which were thought to be unrealistic are now becoming an everyday necessity.  One of those technologies which is now being developed is an android. Yes, do you remember Lieutenant Data which was a self-sustaining android which mimicked human characteristics in order to be “more human”. Well the team at Google are spinning wheels in an effort to create just that.

Atlas 1

The Google team at Boston Dynamics has created an AI robot called Atlas. Atlas stands about 6 foot 2 inches and weights about 330lbs. Currently Atlas has 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision.  Atlas is still currently in the learning stages, but recently Atlas was released openly in the forest to learn the terrain and how to walk on various surfaces. Needless to say, Atlas did a fantastic job of exploring the forest and also keeping it’s balance the entire time. During the experiment, noticeable cabling was attached to Atlas as it currently does not have a self sustaining battery, but the Google team is currently working on a 3.7-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack for the robot.

 

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